On Mean Girls and Raising Kindness

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By now you know that I’m big on things like happiness, kindness, and empathy.  You know that I believe in following your dreams and raising thoughtful, caring children who aren’t afraid to go their own way, but who also understand the importance of celebrating differences and learning from others.

If you’ve followed me for a while now, you definitely know how I feel about bullying – all forms of bullying.  Covert relational aggression, commonly referred to as “mean girls”, is certainly nothing new…but it is beginning earlier than it once did.  The best way to put an end to this kind of behavior?  Empower girls.  Teach them how to relate.  Show them a better way.

Head over to the Huffington Post and check out “Want to Stop Mean Girls?  Raise Nice Girls, Instead”.  Let’s do this together.  It takes a village to raise a village of kind and caring kids, after all.

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Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and the forthcoming "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)